Media playback is unsupported on your device

100 Women: Helen Clark and Nervana Mahmoud on Syria crisis

25 October 2013 Last updated at 11:11 BST

The former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark, who is currently head of the UN Development Programme, has said not involving women in discussions relating to the Syria crisis would be "grossly disrespectful".

She added it was "important for women's voices to be heard" on any political dialogue that develops.

Egyptian blogger and commentator Nervana Mahmoud says focusing on improving the lives of Syrian women could mean the UN achieves some success.

Nervana Mahmoud and Helen Clark were taking part in the BBC's 100 Women conference.

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.